Cold front brings snow to Sierra Nevada

California
  • In this image from a Caltrans remote traffic video camera, snow is cleared from a shoulder lane along Interstate 80 at Donner Summit, Calif., Oct. 18, 2021. (Caltrans via AP)
  • In this image from a Caltrans remote traffic video camera, traffic makes its way along Highway 267 in Truckee, Calif. on Oct. 18, 2021. (Caltrans via AP)
  • Snow falls on Mammoth Mountain Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (Peter Morning/MMSA via AP)
  • Snow falls on Mammoth Mountain Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (Peter Morning/MMSA via AP)
  • Snow falls on Mammoth Mountain Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (Peter Morning/MMSA via AP)

A cold front passing through drought-stricken California brought snow to the northern Sierra Nevada and rain, showers and drizzle elsewhere, the National Weather Service said Monday.

The Sierra snowfall was significant enough to impact travel over the higher passes, the weather service said.

Caltrans reported that Ebbets Pass on State Route 4, Monitor Pass on State Route 89 and Sonora Pass on State Route 108 were closed by inclement weather. Chain controls were activated on a section of Interstate 80.

Measurable precipitation — 0.01 inch (0.03 centimeter) — Sunday evening in downtown Sacramento ended 212 consecutive days of no rain at that location, the weather service said.

The low pressure system that produced the precipitation was moving quickly toward the Great Basin.

The next round of rain in Northern California is expected to arrive Tuesday evening, followed by a “cavalcade of rain chances” in the mid- to long-term forecast, the San Francisco Bay Area weather office said.

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